CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE PARTNERS WITH LOCAL CHARITIES DEMENTIA SUPPORT AND UK HARVEST
Published 16:45 on 28 Feb 2020
Chichester Festival Theatre is delighted to announce partnerships with local charities Dementia Support, which delivers services for people living with dementia and their family and carers in the West Sussex area, and UK Harvest, a perishable food rescue operation which delivers quality excess food from commercial outlets to charities.
The partnerships will see a number of special events dedicated both to fundraising and increasing awareness of the charities' work over the coming year. These range from a Dementia Friendly performance of the summer musical South Pacific the first such performance to be mounted by the Theatre to a fundraising dinner for UK Harvest, which CFT's caterers Caper & Berry will design and cook using rescued food.
Kathy Bourne, Executive Director of Chichester Festival Theatre, said: 'We are very excited to be working with these two remarkable charities. Dementia Support and UK Harvest have already given brilliant presentations about their work to our staff and we're looking forward to forging genuinely meaningful relationships which will see all three organisations interact with, and benefit from, each other's mission.'
Dementia Support is a local charity delivering seamless and holistic care and support at Sage House, a centre of excellence in Tangmere for local people living with dementia. Opened in May 2018, Sage House is a unique dementia support hub. It is the first of its kind in the UK and delivers a range of services. In addition to the Dementia Friendly performance of South Pacific on 19 August, planned events with CFT also include a Murder Mystery Play for the Sage House patrons performed by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre; an exhibition about dementia in the Theatre foyer; and Dementia Friendly activities at both CFT and Sage House.
Sally Tabbner, Chief Executive of Dementia Support, commented: 'We are absolutely delighted that Dementia Support has been chosen as one of the Chichester Festival Theatres charitable partners. At Dementia Support we believe that you can live well with dementia. As well as providing support and care to those living with dementia and their families and carers locally, it is our aim as a charity to ensure that all of our local communities are dementia friendly. Our objective is to challenge and change people's perceptions of dementia and therefore how they think, act and talk about it. Partnerships with established organisations like Chichester Festival Theatre is imperative to help us achieve that.'
UK Harvest's mission is to eliminate hunger and food waste, collecting surplus food from all types of food providers including supermarkets and catering companies, and distributing it to charities who are helping vulnerable people. The Fundraising Dinner will take place at CFT on 21 March, and proceeds from the performance David Suchet, Poirot and Me: A Retrospective on 3 May will also be donated to the charity. UK Harvest are providing breakfast for local primary children attending the Festival Fridays programme and lunch for Young Carers at their annual Christmas Activity Day at CFT.
Yvonne Thomson, CEO of UK Harvest, adds: 'We are absolutely thrilled to be working with CFT this year, sharing the honour with Dementia Support and Sage House. The partnership with CFT will change thousands of lives locally by supporting our operations and education programmes.'
Volunteering opportunities with both charities will be available for CFT staff, and a cookery demonstration involving all three charities is planned for later in the year.
On 9 March, the CFT podcast will be devoted to an interview to mark International Women's Day with Kathy Bourne of CFT, Sally Tabbner of Dementia Support, and Yvonne Thomson of UK Harvest.
For more information about Dementia Support and Sage House visit https://www.dementia-support.org.uk/
For more information about UK Harvest visit https://www.ukharvest.org.uk/
Last updated 16:41 on 25 March 2020